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Maghull Labour Action Team’s Cllr Lynn Gatherer, Cllr Patrick McKinley and Rob Owens uncover empty spirit bottles and beer cans as well as a rusted old bike in the problem bushes at Old Hall Close.

 

 

Maghull Labour Action Team is working to cut short a problem in a quiet town close after residents reported anti-social behaviour and even foxes.

Residents of Old Hall Close contacted the Maghull Labour Action Team reporting that grass in the field behind their houses had grown to more than three-foot high.

Maghull Labour Councillor Lynn Gatherer found out that Adactus Housing was responsible for the land.

Cllr Gatherer immediately contacted them calling for the grass to be cut.

Within days the company sent out a team to carry out the work.

But Cllr Gatherer is now calling on Adactus to ensure that the land is part of the regular grass cutting rota.

Cllr Gatherer said: "When the residents contacted the Labour Action Team about this issue, Cllr Patrick McKinley, Rob Owens and I visited the site. The grass was easily three-foot high.

"I spoke to some of the residents who said they had seen foxes in their gardens because the height of the grass was giving them cover.

"It was clearly unacceptable and was causing some distress. So we contacted Adactus calling for immediate action, which they did.

"Now we want to see further action taken, instead of just the preliminary work. The site needs to be part of the regular rota and the work needs to be done to deal with rubbish which has been left behind."

Rob Owens uncovers empty spirit bottles and beer cans as well as a rusted old bike in the problem bushes at Old Hall Close.Fellow Maghull Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley said residents in the close had complained that bushes and trees on the field were being used by under-age drinkers.

Cllr McKinley said: "What we and the residents want to see is the grass regularly cut, to a high standard, and any problem trees and bushes cut back.

"Rubbish needs to be removed as a matter of urgency.

"We found empty bear and spirit bottle, as well as cans and even an old bike discarded in the bushes, proving, if proof were needed, that there is a problem at that spot.

"So while we are pleased that Adactus has taken swift action, more needs to be done."

Maghull Labour Action Team's Rob Owens said some of the residents were getting upset by the problem.

Rob said: "The residents I spoke to are really concerned that the overgrown grass is attracting foxes which in turn are wandering over the fence into their gardens.

"They are concerned that overgrowth is acting as a cover for anti-social behaviour.

"Some of the people here are elderly. They shouldn't have to live in fear.

"That's why we are asking for Adactus to take urgent action."

 Maghull Labour Action Team’s Cllr Lynn Gatherer, Cllr Patrick McKinley and Rob Owens with residents of Old Hall Close.

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